Monday, July 15, 2013

Best, best, best, best, best ever lemon squares and gluten free to boot.


I haven't participated in a Mystery Ingredient Monday in a few weeks, because I just haven't gotten it together to make a recipe...but when I saw that this week's ingredient was lemon,
Insert random lemon picture off the internet here. 

 I knew I just have to post my recipe for long squares...a recipe that got RAVE reviews at our recent family reunion AND, it's gluten-free to boot.  (Isn't that a funny expression, to boot, I'm not sure why I'm using it, other than I must want to channel my mother who probably used quaint expressions like that in the 50's .

Lemon squares are basically lemony goodness on top of a rich shortbread cookie and shortbread is actually a cookie that comes out REALLY WELL gluten-free...in fact, one could argue that shortbread is better gluten-free.  I could argue that...but I won't because I don't like arguing on my blog.

And, this is going to be a super lame blog post, because I don't have any pictures of my lemon bars or the baking process.  I'm just too busy living life to photograph it.  (Actually, I just didn't think to take pictures..but I like to come up with pithy sayings like that, just for kicks). 

Lemon squares are a great summer recipe, because they are a nice cool cookie.  And, these squares are very lemony and the perfect blend of sour and sweet. 

Best, best, best, best ever lemon squares. 

1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour (I used Namaste brand Gluten-free Perfect Flour blend)
Beat butter, sugar and flour together. 
Press into bottom of ungreased 9 x 13 inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until firm and golden.
Meanwhile, beat together:
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 + 1/8 cup flour
3/4 cup lemon juice.

Pour over baked crust and bake another 20 minutes in hot oven. 
Sift powdered sugar over top.  Cut into squares and resign. 


So, go check out the Bazin Chronicles for more lemony goodness. 

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13 comments:

  1. Yum. Lemon squares are one of those cookies that I always get giddy when people bring them to cookie swaps or whatever, but for some reason I never think to make on my own. Not anymore!

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  2. These look delicious! I've never been brave enough to try out anything other than the Krusteaz box mix...but this, this I think I could do.

    P.S. I think I say "to boot" all the time.

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  3. Thank you, thank you! Making these tomorrow night for guests :).

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  4. Just swipe an image of the interweb. I do that all the time. I try to search by "tinypic" because those are copyright free images. If you throw an image on there, even if it's just a lemon, then I can pin your recipe on Pinterest. I am most appreciative of the fact that your recipe fills a 9x13 pan. So many times the recipes for lemon bars that I see call for a tiny 8x8 pan. 8x8 pan isn't going to feed the multitude around here. "To Boot!" I vow to say this three times today!

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    1. Ok..I added a random lemon picture...pin away! :) I should have done that in the beginning, I just got lazy.

      I hate it when recipes only make an 8 x 8 pan as well....that just doesn't work for for us, so I usually end up doubling those recipes to make a 9 x 13.

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  5. Thank you for this recipe ! I made these tonight and my fiancé,brother , neighbor and a shop full of mechanics love them :)! Great summer treat, nice change from chocolate treats and delicious!

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    1. Glad everyone liked them and enjoyed them!

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  6. These sound really good! I wonder if they would work with honey instead of sugar? I have a son who can't have sugar but I bet he would love these.

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  7. I made these for Thanksgiving (but I added the zest of one of the lemons) and they were absolutely DELICIOUS! Thank you for the great recipie!! I told my 12 year old to pick something she has really missed having since being diagnosed with Celiac and she said lemon squares. The LOVES them!!! You helped me make her very happy. Thank you!

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  8. Absolutely lovely!!! One alteration I made was add 1 tsp of lemon rind in addition to freshly squeezed lemon juice. These are my favorite!!

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  9. Absolutely lovely!!! One alteration l made was add 1 tsp of grated lemon rind in addition to the freshly squeezed lemon juice. Fantastic!! Definately my favorite!

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  10. thank you for the post.!! Using King Arthur GF all purpose flour and the lemon part was gritty. Next time, I'll try the flour you recommend. :)

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  11. No photo, booo. :( But I love lemon bars, so thanks for sharing!

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